Transporting Regulated Medical Wastes for Disposal: What is the right choice?

Did you know that there are different methods of transporting regulated medical wastes for disposal: mail-back programs and pick-up services? For some customers, mail-back is the more practical and economical option; where for others, pick-up service makes more sense. There are several factors that go into determining which option is the best. The most common include:

  • Regulatory considerations
  • Types and volumes of regulated wastes
  • Pick-up service contracts
  • Cost of transport

Regulatory Considerations

Both state and federal regulations can be among the largest determining factors in the decision of whether to use mail-back systems or pick-up service for the transport and disposal of regulated wastes for your facility. Regulations define the following:

  • Type of wastes that can be transported via mail
  • What category of generator may utilize mail-back systems
  • How wastes must be packaged and labeled
  • mount of time waste can be stored prior to disposal

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Hazardous Drugs vs Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

NIOSH vs RCRA

Are you confused by the terms “hazardous drug” and “hazardous waste pharmaceutical” (HWP)?  Well, you are not alone.  At first glance, it would appear they are the same, but they are not. Knowing the difference can save your facility money and potential regulatory citations. So, let’s clear the confusion.

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